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YES School

YES School in Santa Cruz provides sobriety-seeking teens with the information, skills and support necessary for establishing and maintaining a clean and sober lifestyle. YES is a fully accredited recovery high school operated in collaboration between the Santa Cruz County Office of Education and Encompass Youth Services. Students are expected to actively participate in all classroom activities and attend counseling groups as a core part of the school day. Any young person in the community is eligible for admission so long as they have expressed a desire for assistance with substance abuse recovery. Services are free thanks to partnerships with County Office of Education, Santa Cruz County Children’s Mental Health and community donations to Youth Services. Donations are encouraged. YES students are expected to fully participate both in the classroom and in group, individual and family counseling sessions. Students must make a commitment to be completely clean and sober and attend twelve-step meetings on their own time. The YES School provides a safe place for young people to be in recovery. The students support each other in remaining clean and sober and through their common struggle build a clean and sober youth community. Contact Info: (831) 429-8350 x0
709 Mission St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, CO, HW ]

YMCA - Watsonville Family YMCA

Strengthens the community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
27 Sudden Street Watsonville, CA 95076 [ HW, M, REC ]

Youth N.O.W. Student Center

Youth N.O.W Center is an After School Student Center that provides no-cost tutoring and academic support, as well as, a safe social environment for middle and high school students in the downtown Watsonville area. We have a site for high school students located on Carr Street and one for middle school students located on Madison Street. Each site has both a learning center space and a recreational social space. We offer individualized contracted tutoring, homework help, independent study, school project resources, computer labs, and printing services. Our social and recreational spaces are comprised of a high school ‘coffee house’ and the middle school gym, with activities such as enrichment classes, clubs, sports clinics and evening social events. We offer a five-week all-day program in the summer reflective of our school-year programming. No-cost food is offered at both sites thanks to our community partners.
31 Carr Street, Watsonville, CA 95076 (High School Site); 15 Madison Street, Watsonville, CA 95076 (Middle School Site) [ A, G, M, REC ]

Youth Resource Bank

Offer assistance for a wide variety of needs including shoes and clothing, child car seats, school supplies, job placements, mental health counseling, and dental and legal services.
See Website [ A, CO, FN, FY, G, HW, H, LS, REC, SE ]